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April 2014 Odyssey Grants Announced

CONWAY, Ark. (May 27, 2014) – The Committee on Engaged Learning (CEL) awarded more than $120,000 in Odyssey grants to 39 projects proposed by Hendrix faculty and students in the April 2014 cycle. The grand total for funding since the Odyssey Program’s inception in 2005 is $2.75 million.

The April Odyssey grant recipients, their projects and project categories include:

Jair Almaguer and Hsin-Ping Wang – A Multicultural Transitional Experience (Professional & Leadership Development)

Megan Barker – Summer Theatre Internship (Professional & Leadership Development)

Grace Blackmon – Gender and Education in Tanzania (Global Awareness)

Brittany Cantrell – On Women and Writing: Professional Field Experience with a Feminist Bookstore (Professional & Leadership Development)

Bethany Cartwright – Mayor's Internship Program (Professional & Leadership Development)

Nathanael Drahn – Finnish Education: What Helsinki has to Teach Us (Special Projects)

Charley Ford – Internship with the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (Professional & Leadership Development)

Mitch Harle – Political Work in Washington, D.C. (Professional & Leadership Development)

Hannah Hill – Guidance through Support-A Volunteer Probation Officer Experience (Professional & Leadership Development)

Jessica Himes – Professional Development through a Politics Internship (Professional & Leadership Development)

Sophie Knorek – Professional Field Experience at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute: Critical links between plankton and small pelagic fishes (Professional & Leadership Development)

Michaela Larabee – Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas (Professional & Leadership Development)

Marissa Lee – Internship at the Faulkner County Courthouse (Professional & Leadership Development)

Keen Maher – Permaculture Farming in the Costa Rican Forest (Global Awareness)

Meet Modi – Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in La Paz, Bolivia (Professional & Leadership Development)

Serena Murphy – Examining Primate Behavior (Professional & Leadership Development)

Lauren Nelson – Dream Internship with Slow Food USA as Network Development Intern (Professional & Leadership Development)

Anna Nester – Summer Internship with the Church Health Center in the Child Life Department (Professional & Leadership Development)

Jill Nguyen – A Public Affairs and Law Professional Field Experience (Professional & Leadership Development)

Rachel Parmer and Jill Nguyen – Youth Activism and the Civil Rights Movement (Special Projects)

Rebecca Perez – The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (Special Projects)

Tammi Ragan – U.S. State Department American Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia (Professional & Leadership Development)

John Ring – Career Discovery at Harvard University (Professional & Leadership Development)

Elizabeth Rogers – Assistant at the Little Museum in Dublin, Ireland (Professional & Leadership Development)

Blair Schneider – Internship with the Children's Room (Professional & Leadership Development)

Allison Schrank – A Summer of Marketing and Event Planning at TLU (Professional & Leadership Development)

Graham Senor and Drew Allen – Summer of Senate Management Experience (Professional & Leadership Development)

Madeline Spjut – Congressional Internship in Washington, D.C. (Professional & Leadership Development)

Sam Spjut – Choosing the Capital: An Internship with Congressman McCaul (Professional & Leadership Development)

Isabelle Staines – Politics and Social Justice Abroad (Professional & Leadership Development)

Haley Thomson – Internship at Splice Microcinema (Professional & Leadership Development)

Jessa Thurman – Bottle to Drawer Curations with Reference to Parasitic Hymenoptera of North America (Professional & Leadership Development)

Sarah Varnau – Internship at Dallas Heritage Village (Professional & Leadership Development)

Laurie Waters – Therapy and Rehab Solutions Internship (Professional & Leadership Development)

Reid Zarker – Filmmakers at Home and Abroad: Visit to The Jonas Mekas Center of Visual Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania (Special Projects)

Dr. Rod Miller – Senior Art Major Trip to NYC (Special Projects)

Professor Mary Richardson – Hendrix Mock Trial Association (Special Projects)

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